You do well and excel in every respect—in unstoppable faith, in powerful preaching, in revelation knowledge, in your passionate devotion, and in sharing the love we have shown to you. So make sure that you also excel in grace-filled generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:7 TPT
But as you abound in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love to us—see that you abound in this grace also. 2 Corinthians 8:7 MEV
We've begun a new study looking at the abounding Grace of Almighty God. We saw that Grace is not just an entry-level truth of the Christian life. We saw that Grace is not just an excuse to never mature and never interact with other believers. God's Grace received produces empowerment and triumphant living.
Today, let's look at how this Grace abounding toward us empowers our Faith. Let's examine how Grace makes walking by Faith fruitfully joyful and not frustrating. Grace and Faith were designed to function in unison.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8 NKJV
Paul by the Spirit reveals so clearly the role of Grace and Faith. It is God's Grace, His Goodness, not our doing which purchased the blessing. His Grace provided all salvation and the Finished Work procured on our behalf. Life eternal, Righteousness, forgiveness, health, prosperity, provision, deliverance, protection, and wholeness were provided by Grace, but they are received by Faith.
Faith reaches out and takes what Grace makes. Faith doesn't sit around waiting just hoping that the provision comes. No Faith reaches out and takes what Grace purchased and provided. Faith isn't working or striving or attempting to earn anything. Faith receives what Grace provides, not by working but by believing and speaking and receiving it.
Too often Faith is presented as something that we must muster up in our own power and strength. That if we just get our Faith up to a certain level we will finally achieve the blessing. We can work our way to deserving God's Goodness. This is a mistaken idea.
Faith is in our hearts, our spirit man, and released out of our mouth. In other words, we believe what Grace provided is in fact ours now. We speak in agreement with Grace. We say yes to Grace and lay claim to what is ours because of Grace.